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Svetozar Gligoric vs Ulf Andersson
Bad Lauterberg (1977), Bad Lauterberg FRG, rd 4, Mar-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-22-10  Travis Bickle: As a patzer it seems to me that white is better but black finds a way to defend. I remember GM Larry Christiansen saying that Ulf Anderson was a great defender.
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  kbob: Here is a smattering of lifetime drawing percentages:

Ulf Andersson. 63.7%
Petrosian. 55.8%
Gligorich. 49.6%
Schlechter. 46.7% (ie "drawing master")

Tal. 45.6% (often holding after sacs)

Botvinnik. 39.6%
Karpov. 35.6%
Capablanca. 31.2%
Kasparov 30.7%
Carlsen 24.9%
Fischer. 23.3%

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  perfidious: In Schlechter's day, drawing nearly half one's games was indeed a high percentage.

By the bye, Carlsen's percentage is actually far higher, when one excludes the exhibition games; the totals reflect only classical play, so his percentage of drawn games in serious is actually just about 45 per cent.

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  kbob: Thanks to perfidious for his comment and apologies to all for truly garbled analysis. Here is a second attempt based on lifetime records from this website

Lifetime drawing percentages in classical games

Ulf Andersson 63.7%
Petrosian 55.0%
Gligorich 49.6%
Schlechter 46.9% (ie "drawing master")
Tal 46.4% (often holding after sacs)
Botvinnik 39.6%
Karpov 51.2%
Capablanca 31.2%
Kasparov 46.7%
Carlsen 43.4%
Fischer 32.7%
Alekhine 27.1%

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